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Type: Paperbook
Categories: Novels
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99918-71-45-5
Date of publication : 26. November 2011
Pages: 326
Cover: Heft bók

Barba og harra Pál

Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen

Jørgen-Frantz was determined to tell a story about his deepest emotions. The story was to be both a song of praise and a lament at a crossroad where sparks fly between life and death.

 
He used that crossroad and built it up in many layers: a historical foundation, a legendary tale and the autobiographical content about his love for a girl he could never have.
 
The legendary tale was of the priest’s widow Beinta, who drew men to her only to do away with them. Jørgen-Frantz paints a new image of her with strong erotic strokes. She tempts everything and everyone, but underneath this seduction lives no evil, only unhindered nature. In the book, the historical Beinta becomes a woman who fills men with passion, ties them mercilessly to her and binds them to her like a drug.
 
The new priest has an affair with the widow and she becomes a more powerful force then the Lord Himself. This leads to grief and the fervor of love at the same time.It is through soulful anguish that the book captivates us. 
 
The reader is tossed between waves of pain and excitement.
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About the author Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen

1900-1938 Jacobsen was born in Tórshavn and held a degree (cand. mag.) in history and French. He authored two excellent books on the Faroes’ political relationship with the Nordic Countries and Denmark. He was only 21 years old when he contracted Tuberculosis and was he a patient at sanatoriums for extended periods of his short life. In 1934 he commenced his major work, the novel Barbara, a work of historical fiction.  It was written in Danish and was publish a year after his death. It became an international bestseller and was translated into several languages.

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